White flowers for May weddings

White flowers are always popular for weddings. May is a popular month for weddings, and this year, we have the Prince Harry and Meghan’s wedding to look forward to in Windsor! https://www.royalcollection.org.uk
I have heard that the peony is Meghan’s favourite flower. We have some white peonies in one of the photos here and they look fabulous with large white Naomi roses and hydrangea. I’m sure peonies will play a part in the Royal Wedding!

At the other end of the seasonal white flower size scale are the tiny lily of the valley – a highly scented, woodland flower – so pretty and delicate. It was in Kate Middleton’s wedding bouquet, along with white sweet William, of course!

Lily of the valley is a lovely spring flower to grow in the garden if you have a shady spot. I love to see them with muscari, primroses and forget-me-nots – all flowering in the green moss and grass of spring, like tiny jewels!

So you need to select your white flowers carefully, ensuring that no flower overpowers another due to its size. I always like to meet a bride to be, see a photo of her dress, and check what size flowers are suitable. The pale green of eucalyptus leaves enforces the gentle nature of white flowers.

So when you’re planning wedding flowers, get the help of a good florist, who will guide you through all the possibilities and prices. You can quote a budget, and the florist will suggest the best way to use that budget. A guideline is that seasonal is best and most reasonably priced, although some flowers always stay in the higher price bracket, like peonies, lily of the valley and sweet peas. Some flowers are unpredictable, and others well-behaved and reliable – just like people!

Pinterest https://about.Pinterest.com is a well used source of information for wedding flowers. Some of the photos are artificial flowers that people think are real, so we do get some disappointed brides to be when we let them know that! There is also a lack of foliage with many of the flowers, which I think is a shame. Foliage brings the flowers to life. It doesn’t need to be overpowering, and the paler leaves often work best, as well as herbs, that add scent and texture as well as colour and depth.

You can book an appointment to discuss your wedding flowers with us by calling on 07932 052411 or emailing janet@stemsfloraldesign.com

Florist Holborn


As a florist in Holborn for the past 32 years, I have seen many changes. The home of Stems has always been in Sicilian Avenue.
Central St. Martin’s School of Art and Design, www.arts.ac.uk was opposite my shop in Sicilian Avenue, and Victoria House was The Liverpool Victoria.
So when they both moved out, it felt very empty. Other insurance companies and Building Societies slowly moved out of the area. Then the first www.Metrobank.co.uk opened
Central St. Martin’s is now full of small TV and production companies. Victoria House has several companies, but also the fabulous Bloomsbury Ballroom in the basement – home of the London Cabaret Club www.thelondoncabaretclub.com. In the old Prudential building, we now have the fabulous Rosewood Hotel , www.rosewoodhotels.com
We have the lovely academic buildings of Bloomsbury, and of course, The British Museum. Lincoln’s Inn Fields is the home of The Sir John Soane Museum – a hidden treasure.
We are in Sicilian Avenue itself, with its beautiful towers and turrets.
Holborn is neither the City, nor the West End proper. It is its own little oasis in the centre of the two parts. At weekends, it is full of tourists, visiting The British Museum.
If you want to send flowers, come and visit us, or call us on 07932 052411. You can also order online.

Send some beautiful flowers on Valentine’s Day


Next Wednesday, send some beautiful flowers to someone you love! Valentine’s Day, the most romantic day of the year, symbolises the onset of spring, light and love.
We always have great fun in the shop that day – fabulous card messages and a lovely, excited feeling in the air!
We made the bouquet of 100 red roses last week for a marriage proposal. It was over dinner at The Dorchester. I expect she said yes!
We’ll even help you with your card message! It’s amazing how many people ask for our advice on what to write. I suppose we live in an age where card shops provide the sentiment for us.
Personally, I tend to buy blank cards and write my own message.
But the main thing is, the flowers do the talking. There’s nothing better than receiving a beautiful bouquet of flowers.
We deliver flowers in Holborn for the past 32 years!
We deliver in Holborn and surrounding areas, and you can send 6, a dozen or more red roses.

We also have a huge selection of flowers if you prefer a mixed bouquet – lilies, lisianthus, orchids, gerbera, freesia, tulips, limonium, cabbages, gyp, veronica, scented foliage and roses in every colour.
HOW CAN I ORDER FLOWERS FROM STEMS?
Stems is open 7am – 7pm. Give is a call on 07932 052411 or email janet@stemsfloraldesign.com
We also have an online shop, or come and visit our shop in Sicilian Avenue.

Get some Christmas shopping done at Stems in Holborn!

flowers for Christmas
flowers to send
Now is the time to get some Christmas shopping done!
We are taking orders for delivery in Holborn and central London, and we deliver bouquets and plants.
If you need to collect a gift that you won’t be giving away for a few days, one of our Christmas table displays or a green plant are the perfect solution.
There has been a huge rise in plant sales this year – everyone is going green!
As far as cut flowers go, the traditional red and green is not sought after. People want their favourite flowers with a touch of sparkle added!
Ilex (holly) and amaryllis are still popular. It’s such fun to see the beautiful amaryllis flowers open! They are long-lasting, and a great tip is to push a stick into the stem cavity so that the heavy flowers in full bloom don’t break the stem.
Call us on 07932 052411 and we will take care of all your orders!